December 2017

It’s lovingBri Christmas 2017

by Steve on December 23, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We were blessed again in 2017 to have some beautiful supporters donate so that we could provide gifts for the children on the cancer floor at Riley Hospital. Thank you all for loving the kids and helping us keep Bri’s memory alive. We are so grateful for you.  For the past three years we have been able to provide Build a Bears and gift cards to the kids. We hope and pray that one year, very soon, we will not have any kids on the floor to buy for. What a dream that would be!!

On Wednesday night we braved the Greenwood Park Mall and continued the bear shopping tradition. This year we had an extra crew member in tow, Tori’s friend Sierra. The girls had a great time while getting the bears stuffed but seemed to have some red faces when they had to go through the whole “kiss the heart” routine before putting the heart in the bear. They ended up stuffing a total of sixteen bears and printing off the birth certificates, which we left the names blank so the kids could name their own bear. The employees stuffed the bears in big trash bags and gave us a whole bundle of boxes to build later.

After we finished we had a quick dinner and then surprised Tori with an early Christmas present. More on that in another post. On Thursday evening Tori assembled the boxes and Ang laid out the 2017 Build a Bear family for a quick picture.

The plan was to make our delivery on Friday 12/22. Somehow, we found two little girls who wanted to be a part and what a way to have a little lesson in giving. We loaded up the van and drove to Riley, listening to Journey sing Christmas carols along the way. We arrived and everyone helped get bears in, including the smallest of helpers.

Once they were all in we took the annual pic by the tree. The tree at Riley is amazing.

It would be hard to top the day we were having but then we ran into another Mooresville family, the Strietelmyers, taking gifts to the kids. Kiley, who is in Tori’s class, is battling cancer and we ask that you take the time to pray for her. The Cheer Guild director met us all downstairs and offered a tour of the toy room where all the donations go to be safety checked before they are distributed. The Director, Ann, told us that the smallest amount of toys passed out in many month in the past was 6,000 and the most was 14,000. It is simply amazing the heart that people and companies show these kids.

Our last stop of the day was to take some gift cards up to the oncology outpatient clinic and see Brianna’s favorite nurse Chrissi. We ended up getting off the elevator on the wrong floor and ran into Jane, a nurse practitioner who treated Bri, and nurse Tiffany who also was part of the team. Some tears were shed and then we moved on to the clinic and Chrissi came out to see us. We gave her the gift cards to distribute and ended our day.

If you would like to give to the Riley kids please click HERE to visit the Riley Cheer Guild.

Merry Christmas from the lovingBri Fund!!!!


Time of Giving

by Steve on December 18, 2017

“Your greatness is not what you have, but in what you give.”  –Alice Hocker

We are tasked with giving all throughout the year. Our giving comes in many different forms. Time, love, and money are probably the most notable. But perhaps there is no other time throughout the year where the call to give is so evident and pushed to the front than the time we are in right now, Christmas. I am not a fan of how Christmas has become so commercial but what I am a fan of is the sparkle in a child’s eyes when they are wiping the sleep out and they see that Santa has made a stop in their living room. I am a fan of the joy that they get as they gleefully rip the paper off the gifts and reveal the surprise that hides behind. How can you not be a fan of that? But, let me one up you. Imagine a child in a hospital bed on Christmas morning.  We were not actually in the hospital on any Christmas morning but I did see the times when a gift showed up in Brianna’s room at Riley Hospital and the joy on her face would bring tears to Angie and my eyes. It is a beautiful moment in a stressful, trying time.

lovingBri Fund has been blessed the past two years to be able to provide gifts to the children on the Oncology floor. The ability to do this has been made possible by financial gifts from many of you. Last week I asked for donations to help us make the smiles happen again this year and a few of you stepped up and made generous donations. We are so very grateful to you, for you have shown your greatness. If anyone still wishes to give you can contact Angie or me. We will make this happen again this year and we will share with all of you later in the week. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to actually deliver the gifts to the kids and witness the joy in person due to laws. But, we do not need to see it. We have lived it and just knowing that the kids will forget about being sick for a little while is good enough. And, without a doubt, there will be some Moms and Dads with tears in their eyes, knowing there are others out there who love their kids too and wish the best for them. Thank you all for loving these kids. And thank you all for lovingBri.

More to come….

Merry Christmas

The McQueen Family and the lovingBri Fund